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A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden | #BookReview @Caro_Linden @avonbooks #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

Love conquers all.

A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden is a lovely historical romance about putting love first.

It is book #2 in the Desperately Seeking Duke series but can be read as a standalone. I had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series. Click HERE to read my review of About a Rogue.

Our thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.


Book Details

Title: A Scot to the Heart
Publisher: Avon (June 29, 2021)
Length: 384 pages
Language: English
ASIN: B086JYFW98


Book Description

The second book in the clever, sexy Desperately Seeking Duke series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award–winning author Caroline Linden.

An Officer and a Scotsman

Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to—but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune.

A Lady and a Temptress

Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend’s brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he’s not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another… says otherwise.

An Irresistible Attraction

Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman—a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she’s caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what’s in both their hearts.

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Review 

Andrew St. James unexpectedly became heir to a dukedom. As a captain in the army, he was used to a hard life of duty and was always hard-pressed to make ends meet with his mother and sisters’ help.

Becoming heir made all those troubles disappear, but, at the same time, brought expectations of behavior, social standing, and even a move from Scotland to England.

Drew was ready to do it all until the lovely Ilsa crossed his path.

Tired of a constrained life and finally free of a lackluster marriage, Ilsa wanted to live and enjoy herself.

Obviously, there were stones in the couples’ path, which became even more complicated to overcome when the constable got involved.

Drew was such a lovely hero. He was every woman’s dream: sweet, caring, and not afraid of embracing his feelings. Ilsa was his perfect match. I loved her zest for life.

A Scot to the Heart is a story full of romance, family love, and a bit of adventure. Another great read by Caroline Linden.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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About the Author

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and wrote computer software before turning to fiction. Since then the Red Sox have won the World Series four times, which is probably not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award, and been translated into seventeen languages.

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